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American Bandmasters Association official records

 Collection 0016-SCPA
Formed in 1929 "for the purpose of furthering the interests of outstanding American Band Masters, and of interesting composers, arrangers, and music publishers in Wind Band music," the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) continues to champion the causes of American bands and bandmasters today. Its members' accomplishments include the election of John Philip Sousa to the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, the publication of the Journal of Band Research, and the establishment of several awards and prizes, including the Ostwald Band Composition Contest and the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation. The collection consists of publications, including the Journal of Band Research and the ABA Newsletter; correspondence; conference materials and programs; meeting minutes; committee reports; financial and administrative records; oral histories; directories and membership lists; photographs, memorabilia, and recordings. Specific documentation can be found on the ABA Research Center, the ABA Ostwald Award, the Board of Directors, officers, committees and annual conferences.

Dates

  • 1929-present
  • Majority of material found within 1929-present

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

24.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The American Bandmasters Association Archives (ABA) covers the period from 1929 to the present. The collection consists of publications, including the Journal of Band Research and the ABA Newsletter; correspondence; conference materials and programs; meeting minutes; committee reports; financial and administrative records; oral histories; directories and membership lists; photographs, memorabilia, and recordings. Specific documentation can be found on the ABA Research Center, the ABA Ostwald Award, the Board of Directors, officers, committees and annual conferences.

Administrative History

In the summer of 1928, Edwin Franko Goldman, leader of the Goldman Band; Victor Grabel, conductor of the Chicago Concert Band; and Captain William Stannard, Leader of the United States Army Band, met in Columbus, Ohio to discuss ways of easing the problems facing the leaders of America's professional and military bands. That August, Captain Stannard recorded his vision for the American Bandmasters Association in a letter to Albert Austin Harding, Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, "we conceived the idea of creating an ABA for the purpose of furthering the interests of outstanding American Band Masters, and of interesting composers, arrangers, and music publishers in Wind Band music."

The fledgling organization was able to secure the endorsement of America's most famous bandleader, and soon Commander John Philip Sousa agreed to serve as the first Honorary Life President of the ABA. On July 5, 1929 the charter members of the ABA met in New York. These earliest members included Edwin Franko Goldman; Charles Benter, Director of the United States Navy Band; J. J. Gagnier, Director of His Majesty's Grenadier Guards Band, of Montreal; Victor J. Grabel, Conductor of the Chicago Concert Band; Albert Austin Harding, Director of Bands at the University of Illinois; Richard B. Hayward, Director of the Toronto Concert Band; Charles O'Neill, Director of the Royal 22nd Regiment Band of Quebec; Arthur Pryor, Director of Arthur Pryo's Band; and Frank Simon, Director of the ARMCO Band in Middletown, Ohio. The first annual convention of the ABA was held in March of 1930 in Middletown. The Association has met annually since 1930, except for during World War II.

The ABA has championed the causes of American bands and bandmasters throughout its history. Its members' accomplishments include the election of John Philip Sousa to the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, the publication of the Journal of Band Research, and the establishment of several awards and prizes, including the Ostwald Band Composition Contest and the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into eight record groups. Complete minutes of the meetings for the years 1930 to 1983 can be found in series 2, sub-series 4. For some of those years, duplicates of the minutes can be found in series 4 by convention year. After 1983, the most complete record of conference minutes, now called "conference proceedings" can be found in series 4.
  1. Series 1: Board of Directors
  2. Series 2: Officers
  3. Series 3: Committees and Initiatives
  4. Series 4: Annual Conference/Convention
  5. Series 5: Publications
  6. Series 6: Oral History
  7. Series 7: Memorabilia
  8. Series 8: Recordings

Related Material

This collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association Research Center. For more information and resources, please see the Libraries' guide to the Research Center.

Other related materials include
  1. College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Archives, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland
  2. National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) Research Center, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland
  3. The Midwest Clinic Archives, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland
  4. Herbert Clarke-Frank Simon Correspondence (1940-1945)
  5. Victor Zajec Papers (Presidential Papers, Bio Files, E.F. Goldman Citation Correspondence, Sousa National HS Honor Band [1960-1980]) [See also MWIBOC Archives]
  6. Kenneth G. Bloomquist Collection
  7. The Presidential Papers of Donald E. McGinnis
  8. "Harry Begian: On Bands and Band Conducting," by James William Hile. Thesis, SCPA Research Papers Collection RP 3497 (2 volumes)
For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
American Bandmasters Association official records
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Processed by Patrick Warfield, June 2003. Ongoing additions and revisions by SCPA staff.
Date
2013-02-08
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2007-04-24: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, April 2007.
  • 2008-05-07: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, May 2008.
  • 2008-06-19: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, June 2008.
  • 2010-06-24: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, June 2010.
  • 2011-01-13: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, January 2011.
  • 2012-02-15: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Joanne Archer, February 2012.
  • 2012-03-08: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Joanne Archer, March 2012.
  • 2012-03-14: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Joanne Archer, March 2012.
  • 2013-02-08: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, February 2013.
  • 2015-04-23: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by John Davis, April 2015.
  • 2015-09-10: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by John Davis, September 2015.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

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